"A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi)  Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is establishing a career as an artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas.


Jordan Bak

Award-winning Jamaican-American violist Jordan is building an exciting international career as a trailblazing artist, praised for his radiant stage presence and robust alto sound. The 2021 YCAT Robey Artist and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a Grand Prize winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition, Bak is a featured artist for WQXR’s Artist Propulsion Lab.

Recent highlights include recital debuts at Wigmore Hall, Merkin Concert Hall & Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, chamber music tours with Musicians from Marlboro and CAG on Tour, and new music commissions from such composers as Tyson Davis, Shawn Okpebholo & James Ra. 

During the 2022/23 season Jordan returned to Wigmore Hall and made his debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Schleswig-Holstein Festival.  He gave recitals across the UK, and collaborated with the National Children’s Orchestra and Music Masters pupils, inspiring the next generation.

Jordan will also be making his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2023/24 season, performing a programme of Dvořák, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, conducted by Luis Castillo-Briceno. He will be the recipient of the LPO’s Alexandra Jupin Award, in recognition of his debut with the orchestra.

A proud new music advocate, Jordan gave the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Du gick, flög for viola and mezzo-soprano and the viola premiere of Jessica Meyer’s Excessive Use of Force. He has been a presence at numerous chamber music festivals including the legendary Marlboro Music Festival; he has collaborated and performed with top-level ensembles including Verona Quartet and Merz Trio, and such artists as Jonathan Biss, Lara Downes, and Ani Kavafian.

A New York native, Jordan holds degrees from New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School, where he was only the third violist to receive the coveted Artist Diploma. In addition to his performing schedule, Bak serves as Assistant Professor of Viola at Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts and as returning Viola Faculty for the Classical Music Institute of San Antonio, while giving masterclasses internationally.

Jordan was named the second Robey Artist in partnership with Music Masters.

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Press reviews

"Bak was dazzling...he played with a full-bodied sound and exacting intonation and articulation. His playing was so constantly involving and impressive that one was drawn to each note and phrase.”


To book Jordan please contact:

UK & Europe

Etta Dainty – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

0207 379 8477

North America 

Kate Backus – Senior Vice President, Concert Artists Guild kbackus@concertartists.org

(212)-333-5200 ext. 1016

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